NBA notes: Knicks’ Anthony headed for free agency

Carmelo Anthony is putting himself on the free agent market.

Anthony has informed the Knicks of his long-expected plans, two people with knowledge of the details said Sunday.

Anthony had a Monday deadline to terminate the final year of his contract. He filed the paperwork on Friday, one of the people told the AP on condition of anonymity because no official announcements were made.


Anthony has repeatedly said he planned to explore free agency this summer. Knicks president Phil Jackson told the All-Star forward after the season he may want to delay the decision and play out the final year of his deal, which would have paid him $23.3 million, but Anthony is going ahead with his previous plans.

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He told the Knicks he was sticking to his intentions during a recent meeting in Los Angeles with Jackson, general manager Steve Mills, and new coach Derek Fisher, and has now made it official.

He will be eligible to negotiate with teams starting July 1.

Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Miami have been mentioned as potential suitors for Anthony, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who led the NBA in scoring in 2012-13.

Anthony has never said he wanted to leave New York but said his biggest priority is signing with a team that he believes can contend for championships.


The Knicks went 37-45 last season, the first time Anthony missed the playoffs in his 11-year career, and have little financial ability to upgrade the roster this summer.

Adams leaves Celtics

Celtics lead assistant coach Ron Adams has accepted an offer to join the Golden State Warriors in a similar role, he told the Globe Sunday.

Adams had two years left on his contract with the Celtics, whom he joined last summer to become the top assistant to rookie NBA coach Brad Stevens. Adams joins Steve Kerr’s staff with the Warriors.

A highly respected assistant coach with more than two decades of NBA experience, Adams visited the Warriors last week after receiving permission from the Celtics. Though Adams didn’t leave with a formal offer at the time, the Warriors offered him a position in recent days.

And after deliberating what he ultimately described as a “difficult decision,” Adams, a 66-year-old California native, said that he accepted a multiyear offer Sunday.


“I have nothing but great things to say about the Celtics organization, Danny Ainge, and Brad Stevens,” Adams said.

Stevens must now find a new lead assistant, and a possible candidate is current assistant Jay Larranaga.

Larranaga was interviewed for the Celtics’ head coaching position after Doc Rivers vacated that post to join the Clippers last summer.


Parker likely No. 1?

According to a report on, the Cavaliers are leaning toward taking Duke star Jabari Parker with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft. Following Joel Embiid’s foot surgery, Cleveland is now focused on Parker and ex-Kansas standout Andrew Wiggins; Wiggins would go to the Bucks at No. 2 should Parker be first off the board . . . Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin, who was expected to be drafted, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects his heart. Austin said his playing career is over. ‘‘They told me that my arteries in my heart are enlarged and that if I overwork myself or push too hard that my heart could rupture,’’ Austin said in a brief interview with ESPN.